What is wrong with this picture? Seattle, Washington has shut down its schools for a minimum of two weeks starting today as has the entire state of Ohio. What about NYC?
The Superintendent in Seattle is quoted in the Seattle Times:
Superintendent Denise Juneau said in the statement that the closure was a last resort. “Closing schools is the last thing we ever want to do, but, obviously, this is an unprecedented situation,” she said. “The health and well-being of our students and staff is one of our top priorities and that’s a primary reason for the decision, but it’s also because of the potential wide reach COVID-19 can have.”
Ohio's governor went further by closing all of the schools in the entire state for three weeks.
From The Hill:
Ohio will be closing all schools for three weeks starting Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced Thursday.
DeWine said the decision to have an “extended spring break” came after consulting with experts. The closure will be reviewed at the end of the three weeks.
The risk for children, unless they have another medical problem, is not high but children are potential carriers of the virus, DeWine noted.
“We will continue to consult with educators on this. We have to take this action. We have to do everything we can do slow down the spread of this virus,” he tweeted.
In New York City, the Coronavirus apparently can only spread after hours as this is what Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today, as reported in The NY Times, in declaring a state of emergency:
All New York City public school assemblies, plays, after school sports and other activities will be canceled as a result of the spread of virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.
The mayor has so far resisted mass school closings, citing extreme hardship for many of the city’s low-income students and their working parents.
“We want our schools to remain open, we intend for our schools to remain open,” Mr. de Blasio said.
The mayor will put us all at risk because many kids rely on the schools for meals and daycare. I understand that the schools provide food and a nurturing environment for many so keep schools open for those who absolutely need them with a skeleton crew. However, the number of people outside should be kept to a minimum to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
I work part-time and was in a middle school today. It was business as usual in the playground with students wrestling with each other and in close contact. The Ohio Governor is right in saying that the kids are the carriers. The economy is already shot. What is de Blasio trying to prove? Where is the Union?
The petition to close NYC schools to mitigate the spread of the virus and to move classes online now has over 180,000 signatures. The goal is to get to 200,000. Will the mayor listen if there are a million? Will the Governor listen?
Are people going to start a wildcat sickout?
UPDATE; Maryland closes all of its schools.